How to ignore directories during find executing? For example there is the following:

├── fold
│   └── something
└── something

fold/something - directory ./something - file

I do find . -name "something" and I wont to ignore fold/something because this is the directory

1 Answer 1


You test for a directory with -type d. You invert the sense of a test with !.


find . -name something ! -type d

This would find everything called something in or below the current directory, but it would not report any directory called something.

If you want to ignore ./fold/something specifically, use a negated -path test:

find . -name something ! -path ./fold/something

Note that the pathname that you use in the -path test should match the full path from the top-level search path (.).

If you want to stop find from reporting any directory called something, and also stop it from even entering those directories, use -prune:

find . \
    -name something -type d -prune -o \
    -name something -print

or, equivalently,

find . -name something \( -type d -prune -o -print \)

This would first prune any found directory called something from the search tree. If the current path being examined is not a directory called something, but something else called something, then it is printed. This would not find anything called something under ./fold/something, regardless of its filetype (since ./fold/something would have been removed from the search tree).


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